Journal Entry: William David Kragthorpe-05/11/2024

Journal Entry

As a prison inmate, I have often found myself reflecting on the seasons and their every changing beauty. Locked behind these concrete walls, I am deprived of the simple pleasures of nature that many take for granted. Yet, even in this confined space, I am able to witness and appreciate the stunning beauty of each season.

Spring brings with it a sense of renewal and hopefulness. The cold, barren landscape outside gives way to vibrant colors and new life. the trees begin to bud, delicate flowers bloom, and the birds return to their nests, filling the air with their sweet melodies. These signs of rejuvenation bring a sense of joy and optimism, even within the bleak confines of these prison walls. I find solace in the knowledge that just as nature renews itself each year, there is always the possibility for new beginnings and second chances.
Summer is a season of warmth and abundance. the sun shines bright, casting its golden rays over the yard. the air is filled with the sweet smell of the country, and even the sound of laughter as people gather for outdoor activities. despite my confinement, I feel a sense of freedom in the warmth of the sun on my skin and the gentle breeze that carries the scent of blooming flowers. in these moment, I am reminded that even in the midst of hardship, there is still beauty to be found.

As summer fades into fall the landscape transforms once again. The leaves change from vibrant greens to warm shades of red, orange, and yellow. The cool, crisp air invigorates the senses and the sound of crunching leaves underfoot is a comforting reminder of the changing season. As an inmate, I am unable to witness the transformation firsthand, but I find peace in the descriptions shared by other who have experienced fall before their imprisonment. The thought of such beauty brings a sense of comfort and nostalgia, reminding me of simpler times.

Winter can be a difficult season in prison. The bitter cold seeps into the walls that confine, making it hard to keep warm. but even in the midst of harsh weather, there is still beauty to be found. The frozen covered ground glitters in the sun, creating a peaceful and serene atmosphere. The starkness of winter also provides a sense of clarity and perspective. As I look out at the world through my window, I am reminded of the importance of appreciating the present and finding beauty in the simplest things.

As an inmate, I am constantly surrounded by concrete and steel, but the changing seasons offer a small window to the outside world. They serve as a reminder that life goes on beyond these prison walls, and that there is still beauty to be found, even in the most unlikely of places. the seasons bring a sense of comfort and hope, reminding me that there is still a future beyond these walls.

While the seasons may seem like a distant concept for me, they hold a special meaning for me. They offer a glimpse of the beauty of the world and bring a sense of hope and optimism. Despite my circumstances, I am grateful for the opportunity to witness the ever-changing beauty of the seasons, even if only from behind these walls.

William Kragthorpe